Michael Ausiello
September 07, 2010 AT 08:42 PM EDT

Image Credit: Michael Courtney/The CWSmallville is turning up the, ahem, AC in its final season. (Look, it was either that or some cheese-saturated H20 pun. Count your blessings.)

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Alan Ritchson has signed on to reprise his role as Arthur “AC” Curry (a.k.a. Aquaman) during November sweeps.

AC was last seen in season 8, when his secret identity was discovered by LuthorCorp. I’m told the Justice Leaguer will resurface in this season’s ninth episode.

Ritchson joins a growing list of Smallville alums returning to the show in its final season. That list includes John Glover (Lionel), John Schneider (Pa Kent), Laura Vandervoort (Kara/Supergirl), James Marsters (Brainiac), and Michael Shanks (Hawkman).

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